Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #336
CE Offered: BACB — 
There Is No Right Way to Say Goodbye: An Overview of Training and Resources to Support Clinician's in the Discharge Process
Sunday, May 29, 2022
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 258A
Area: AUT/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Candice Colón, Ph.D.
Chair: Candice Colón (LEARN )
JACOB KENNETH DAPONTE (Behavioral Health Works)

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board ® and the Council of Autism Service Providers™ provide discharge and documentation guidelines for Applied Behavior Analytic services, however, guidance regarding the discharge planning process (e.g., discharge fade plans, discussions with the family, evaluating responsiveness to treatment) is often gained through experience which can vary across clinicians. Therefore, continual training and support to help behavior analysts with the medical necessity of services and the discharge process are often necessary. This panel will outline steps that can be taken to close the gap between discharge criterion recommendations and the training and support necessary to execute the discharge process. The use of a decision-making model, training and planning resources, as well as an individualized peer-review process, will be discussed. The tools and trained discussed include taking into consideration the client's individual needs, the clinician’s experience (Kornack et al., 2017), the family’s perspective (Beier, 2018), and managed care requirements and recommendations (Papatola & Lustig, 2016).

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Audience members should have an active BCBA certification, be currently supervising Applied Behavior Analytic services, and knowledge of the updated BACB 2020 ethics code and medical necessity criteria.

Learning Objectives: Objective #1: Describe the components of the discharge planning process and how they relate to the discharge guidelines provided in the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (2022) and the Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Funders and Managers (2014, 2020). Objective #2: Describe common barriers related to the discharge process, and identify behavior analytic resources to help resolve such barriers. Objective #3: Outline training procedures and resources that can be provided to support clinicians in the discharge process at a supervisory and/or organizational level.
Keyword(s): BCBA Training, Discharge, Insurance, Medical Necessity



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